Howell "Roy" Watts

Apr 19, 2019
Watts, Howell Roy news


10:30 AM, Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Crossroads Assembly of God, Waterloo


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo and for an hour before services at the church


Oak Lawn Cemetery, Cresco


to the family


Howell "Roy" Watts, 74 of the Denver Sunset Home, Denver, formerly of Cedar Falls and Readlyn, died at UnityPoint Health--Allen Hospital on Friday, April 19, 2019.

He was born September 15, 1944, in Cresco, son of Howell H. and Ida L. “Delight” Stroup Watts and graduated from Crestwood High School in 1963.

Roy married Ruth Hetrick on March 27, 1965 at Saratoga Presbyterian Church, Saratoga. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad, then for Giant Manufacturing in Council Bluffs and later for John Deere Tractor Works, retiring in 1997.

He was a member and former treasurer of Crossroads Assembly of God, Waterloo. He was a member of the International Retractable Ford Club and the Cedar Valley Antique Automobile Club. He loved cruising in his 1957 Skyliner Ford Retractable. He enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling with family. He had a great love for church, his family, friends and his dogs. No one was a stranger for long around Roy. He was a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers, NASCAR, and the Hawkeyes.

Roy is survived by his wife, Ruth of Cedar Falls; son, Daniel (Vicky) of Readlyn; daughter, Dawn (John) Lyon of Spencer; 4 grandchildren: Courtney (Brian) First of Cedar Rapids; Sarah (Jason) Boutin of Oelwein; Kelsey (Josh) Watts of Plainfield; and Jacob Watts of Readlyn; 8 great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul (Wanda) Watts of Belvidere‚ Ill.; and a sister, Francis (Bill) O’Rear of Pinebluff‚ Ark.

He is preceded in death by 6 brothers: Kenneth Watts and Luther, James “Jim,” Harvey, Harold and Albert Benefield and 5 sisters: Jane Turner, Ima Jean Luttrell, Helen Merriman, Martha O’Rear, and Kathryn Thompson.

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  1. Eugene Frost | Apr 24, 2019

    Prayers to all of Roy's family.I worked with him in the H Bldg. at Deeres.He was enjoyable to be around.It appears to me that a lot of family was there to greet him on his arrival above!

    Eugene Frost

  2. Debbie Marasco | Apr 23, 2019
    So sorry for your loss..My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family.
  3. Rod Abbas | Apr 23, 2019
     Although I haven't seen Roy for a number of years, I remember him as a great friend.  Roy's love for God and his family was and still is an inspiration to me.  He will be sorely missed.  God Bless You my friend.
  4. Chris First | Apr 22, 2019
    I am so sorry for your loss and i will keep your family in my prayers.
  5. Scott and Deb Frost | Apr 22, 2019

    So sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. 

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